Ravenswood wrestling qualifies two for state tournament
Getting to compete.
It’s been the theme throughout the school year of 2020-21.
And on the mats, it’s been a much different wrestling season like no other.
Ravenswood’s Eric Hupp has been around the sport since his days at Bridgeport (Ohio) High School and never could have imagined seeing those involved competing into the month of April.
Two of Hupp’s wrestlers will be involved in the West Virginia High School State Wrestling Tournament next week at Mountain Life Arena in Huntington.
Junior Ethan Lane and freshman Wyatt Milhoan qualified for the Class AA-A portion of the state tournament over the weekend at the Region IV event.
The 74th annual state tournament for Class AA-A will be staged next Wednesday and Thursday, April 21-22.
As a team, Ravenswood scored 42 points to finish 11th.
Point Pleasant, the two-time defending state champion, ran away from the field by racking up 344 points. The Big Blacks crowned 12 champions along with a runner-up and a third-place finisher.
Winfield was second in the 15-team field with 174.
At 132, Milhoan reached the consolation championship match and was pinned by Kase Stewart of Wahama.
After receiving a bye to start the regional, Milhoan pinned Jacob Byrd of Winfield. He then fell into the consolation bracket after getting pinned by eventual champion Chris Smith.
Milhoan defeated Wirt County’s Garrett Parsons, 7-5, to reach the showdown with Stewart.
In the heavyweight division, Lane had to default his match for third against Daylon Riley of Buffalo.
Lane earned a bye and then won by default over Elijah Adkins of Chapmanville to reach the semifinals of the championship bracket. Zander Huffman downed Lane, 6-3, in that semi.
Wrestling in the consolation bracket, Lane pinned Nick Bower of Williamstown to earn the right to face off with Riley.
Placing fifth at 138 for Ravenswood was junior Ethan Tanner. There is still an outside shot Tanner, a two-time state tournament qualifier, will get to compete in Huntington (if one of the top four have to drop out for some reason).
“With COVID, it was definitely a different event but just happy the boys were able to compete,” Hupp said. “As always the region was tough. We only took five kids. COVID has really affected our numbers.
“Our kids wrestled hard, especially our freshmen Caden Hamil (120) and Logan Hess (145) as well as two-time qualifier Ethan Tanner.
“Wyatt wrestled hard and was able to battle back after losing to Smith and finish fourth and punch his ticket to the state tournament. Likewise, Ethan finished fourth after injury.”
Having two underclassmen qualify bodes well for the future according to Hupp.